The Highland Rotary Club was chartered on April 25th, 1984. The Highland chapter was sponsored by the New Paltz Rotary Club. The Charter Group consisted of twenty dedicated community leaders plus numerous concerned Rotarians from District 7210, who were devoted to spreading the philosophies of Rotary in the Highland community. Learn more at our website.

Service Above Self

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

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Local work

  • Established the Highland Adult Day Care Center
  • Founded and Support the Hudson Valley Rail Trail
    • Established the Rotary Rail Trail Fitness Stations
    • Established the Rotary Pavilion on the Rail Trail to provide restrooms and water for Rail Trail users
    • Created the Rotary Centennial Garden on the Rail Trail

Lending a Hand

  • Lead Rotary Club for Pure Water Project in El Salvador to supply pure water to over 10,000 people
  • Contributed to Rotary International’s tsunami relief efforts
  • Contributed to Rotary International’s worldwide polio eradication project

What we do with funds raised at Ribfest

  • Ribfest funds have allowed the Highland Rotary to provide over $250,000 in support to our community and internationally
  • Food to local food pantries
  • Assist families in need (heat, rent, food etc)
  • Provide warm coats for children and adults
  • Provided 20 aeds in our community (already saved one life at our meeting)
  • Partially pave rail trail parking lot on New Paltz rd
  • Built rotary pavilion at rail trail New Paltz road. Provide bathrooms and water
  • Put exercise stations along rail trail
  • Four $2,000 scholarships to Highland High school seniors each year
  • Two $1,000 scholarships to ulster county Boces senior from highland each year
  • Purchase books for an elementary school grade and middle school grade each year
  • 5th and 6th grade essay contest
  • Organize Highland elementary junior achievement program – now 25 classes over 500 students
  • Host inbound rotary youth exchange students and sponsor outbound students
  • Purchased cameras for all town of Lloyd police cars
  • Participate with Lloyd police in after school athletic program
  • Support rotary’s shelter box program each year
  • Project in El Salvador supplying over 10,000 people with clean water
  • Support Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio world wide
  • Donate part of Ribfest profits to about 30 other local organizations who help us by volunteering at Ribfest allowing them to do good in their communities

Hudson Valley Ribfest 2022 Has been Cancelled

We are disappointed to announce that the Highland Rotary Club’s Hudson Valley Ribfest will not be held in August. With vendors facing escalating costs for food, supplies, and fuel, and many struggling with staffing levels, the challenges to providing a family-friendly, affordable event were too significant to overcome.

The Ribfest is not only an important fundraiser to support the Club’s many service initiatives, but it was also envisioned as a community-centered event that brought guests together for goodwill and friendship, which is a tenet of Rotary International’s mission and philosophy.

We are currently exploring other options and will share details once decisions have been made. We will be in contact with our generous sponsors shortly. We want to thank everyone who has supported the Ribfest over the many years.